Inlays and Onlays
Durable Porcelain Fillings
On the spectrum between the simplicity of a composite filling and the complexity of a crown lie two other options for treating tooth decay and damage: porcelain inlays and onlays. Like composite fillings, inlays and onlays only cover a portion of the tooth and not the entire tooth like a dental crown. Inlays and onlays are known as indirect fillings, because, instead of being placed directly on the tooth in liquid form and then hardened, they are constructed from hard porcelain outside of the mouth. These hard fillings are used when tooth breakage or decay are too extensive to be covered with a composite filling. They may also be used to replace old amalgam fillings when secondary decay is found beneath the filling. Inlays are used in the depressions of the teeth, and onlays are placed to restore damage on the tooth cusps. Made from porcelain that is dyed to match your surrounding teeth, your inlay or onlay will be bonded securely to your tooth, restoring its strength and giving it a natural appearance.
Placement of Inlays and Onlays
To restore your tooth with an inlay or onlay, your Modern Dental Health dentist will first shape and prepare your tooth for your new restoration. If replacing an amalgam filling, he will safely remove the old dental materials and any decay that may be present underneath. When the space is prepared for your inlay or onlay, your Sacramento, Sparks NV., Lodi or Stockton dentist will create a dental impression so that our skilled ceramist can construct your restoration in a dental lab. After your porcelain restoration is made, you will return for a second appointment, at which time your dentist will bond the inlay or onlay to your tooth. In just two office visits, you will walk away with teeth that are strong, healthy, and completely natural looking.